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house Bill H.R. 5392

Does the VA Need to Make Sure All Calls to the Veterans Crisis Line Get Answered?

Argument in favor

The Veterans Crisis Line is doing a poor job of meeting the needs of veterans seeking suicide prevention and crisis resources, and this bill would require the VA to ensure veterans looking for help can get it.

Loraki's Opinion
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09/26/2016
If this isn't being done already, the whole VA needs to be flushed down the toilet! I have yet to read anything that justifies their existence! They are guilty (like Hillary Clinton) of GROSS NEGLIGENCE and willful misconduct! There is an obvious sickness pervading our government (and our society in general). The stench of corruption and inefficiency is unbelievably, but unmistakably foul. This whole nation (undoubtedly with exceptions) is in SERIOUS TROUBLE! There is a lack of solidarity, trust, and hope. The people have lost their national identity, pride, and sovereignty. Most, it would seem, no longer care about the true history of this nation and the principles that formed its foundation. George Washington is credited with saying, "You cannot rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible." Truer words have never been spoken by an American!! God-fearing people are MORAL people! Godly people serve their fellow Americans to the best of their ability, not to please men, but to please God Almighty and to glorify Him! The U.S. Constitution has been willfully misinterpreted by the atheists, humanists, Communists and other enemies of Christ in this nation with regard to the so-called "separation of church and state" clause. The framers of the Constitution realized that there was religious disunity among the people who called themselves Christians. It was their aim to prevent the federal government from elevating one particular church to the status of national church and thereby denying other churches the same freedom to practice their religion as their beliefs dictated. The goal was to protect freedom of religion, NOT freedom FROM religion. By removing God and the Bible from our government and our schools, you created a VOID, which evil people have been willing and able to fill. People, without reverence for God, are selfish and willful at worst and foolish and shortsighted at best. Put any two people together and they will find something to disagree on and perhaps fight about! But people who acknowledge their Creator as the final Authority in all matters will act with wisdom and justice and love for their fellow citizens! That's precisely why God gave us the Bible! To guide us in all things! To give us WISDOM! To save us, in essence, from our baser inclinations! And THAT is what we DESPERATELY need in all of our government branches and agencies, at the federal, state AND local levels!
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w7edwin's Opinion
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09/26/2016
This should pass but training and resources need to be applied in order for this to work fluently
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Gadsden's Opinion
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09/26/2016
Is this a joke? If the VA isn't already doing this then someone should be getting fired #csp
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Argument opposed

This bill only requires the VA to develop a plan to improve the responsiveness of the Veterans Crisis Line, it doesn’t provide any additional resources to make these changes become a reality.

Mark's Opinion
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09/26/2016
Only if a bill actually provides additional funding to staff a call center that will make this goal possible. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that this bill does so.
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nathanruggles's Opinion
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09/27/2016
This is an important project, but this legislation is worthless without the funding allocated to make it happen.
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JayinNC's Opinion
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09/26/2016
As a combat vet I want this to pass but only if we give the VA the tools needed to do the job. Because if we don't we will be strong the VA up to fail and ultimately the veteran themselves, so only cot yes if congress appropriates fund to win this fight.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedNovember 28th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed November 16th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed September 26th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 357 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Health
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedJune 7th, 2016

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • calendar
    Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.
  • action
    Mr. Miller (FL) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
  • action
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • action
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5392.
  • action
    At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
  • action
    Considered as unfinished business.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 357 - 0 (Roll no. 558).
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • action
    Received in the Senate, read twice.
  • vote
    Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
  • action
    Message on Senate action sent to the House.
  • topresident
    Presented to President.
  • signed
    Signed by President.
  • enacted
    Became Public Law No: 114-247.

bill Progress


  • EnactedNovember 28th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed November 16th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed September 26th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 357 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Health
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedJune 7th, 2016

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    If this isn't being done already, the whole VA needs to be flushed down the toilet! I have yet to read anything that justifies their existence! They are guilty (like Hillary Clinton) of GROSS NEGLIGENCE and willful misconduct! There is an obvious sickness pervading our government (and our society in general). The stench of corruption and inefficiency is unbelievably, but unmistakably foul. This whole nation (undoubtedly with exceptions) is in SERIOUS TROUBLE! There is a lack of solidarity, trust, and hope. The people have lost their national identity, pride, and sovereignty. Most, it would seem, no longer care about the true history of this nation and the principles that formed its foundation. George Washington is credited with saying, "You cannot rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible." Truer words have never been spoken by an American!! God-fearing people are MORAL people! Godly people serve their fellow Americans to the best of their ability, not to please men, but to please God Almighty and to glorify Him! The U.S. Constitution has been willfully misinterpreted by the atheists, humanists, Communists and other enemies of Christ in this nation with regard to the so-called "separation of church and state" clause. The framers of the Constitution realized that there was religious disunity among the people who called themselves Christians. It was their aim to prevent the federal government from elevating one particular church to the status of national church and thereby denying other churches the same freedom to practice their religion as their beliefs dictated. The goal was to protect freedom of religion, NOT freedom FROM religion. By removing God and the Bible from our government and our schools, you created a VOID, which evil people have been willing and able to fill. People, without reverence for God, are selfish and willful at worst and foolish and shortsighted at best. Put any two people together and they will find something to disagree on and perhaps fight about! But people who acknowledge their Creator as the final Authority in all matters will act with wisdom and justice and love for their fellow citizens! That's precisely why God gave us the Bible! To guide us in all things! To give us WISDOM! To save us, in essence, from our baser inclinations! And THAT is what we DESPERATELY need in all of our government branches and agencies, at the federal, state AND local levels!
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    Only if a bill actually provides additional funding to staff a call center that will make this goal possible. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that this bill does so.
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    This should pass but training and resources need to be applied in order for this to work fluently
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    Is this a joke? If the VA isn't already doing this then someone should be getting fired #csp
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    It's embarrassing to even have to ask your question! The VA has demonstrated how inept it is just like practically every other department of the Federal Government. Abolish the VA, fire the executives, and spread the services through the private sector.
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    This is an important project, but this legislation is worthless without the funding allocated to make it happen.
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    It is both astonishing and very telling that this bill is even necessary. Awareness among voters and VA employees is a good first step toward accountability, even if the bill fails to demand that it be included.
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    Should we make sure 911 calls are answered in a timely manner? It's a no brainer.
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    They are veterans in a crisis. We were a country in a crisis and they helped us so why not help them?!
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    When someone calls a crisis hotline it is because they are in crisis. They are contemplating or on the verge of committing suicide and are reaching out to someone for help. Veterans calling the Obama VA Crisis Hotline, however, were sent a very clear message by the Obama VA. What’s that message? The Obama VA could care less about Veterans in crisis and could care less if they follow through with that suicide attempt or not. One would think that after the previous Obama VA Scandal, when it was revealed that Veterans died waiting for treatment because VA staff were falsifying records and logs in order to receive bonuses, the VA would be far more diligent in serving the needs of our nation’s Veterans. Of course, since no one was ever fired due to the scandal, perhaps it should not be a surprise that problems continued to the point where Veterans calling for help as they contemplated suicide would be ignored by the Obama VA. Twenty-two veterans a day commit suicide and the very people who are supposed to be there for them should they reach out for help could give a damn.
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    There are several facts in this proposed bill. One fact is that the VA is a hospital. Another fact, the VA has a crisis phone line, so yes, it must be manned and answered. Certainly a crisis line also need to be 24 hours a day. Now that parameter are set, what is the problem? Money? Nope! The VA if flush with money. So is it personnel? Maybe. But most probably it's leadership from the head commander himself, Mr. POTUS, who finds his friends in high office says yes to his face, but gives him the finger when he's not present. Therefore, if I'm correct, the VA needs a good Spring Cleaning and it's quite possible a Mr. Trump can fix a fixable problem. So leadership is the answer. The VA can again become a hospital saving lives and not a paycheck for bureaucrats.
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    There shouldn't be any vet needing help to be able to call and get help!! To me every vet from WWII to the present war should not have to beg to seek help!! There should be a national number where vets can call and get help immediately!! No if and or buts it should be done!! That it also should provide them home shelters and give them food and get them off the streets and into care that they should receive regardless!!!
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    It's really sad that this is even an issue. The least we can do is to make sure that veterans get the help they need.
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    This shouldn't even be a question.
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    As a combat vet I want this to pass but only if we give the VA the tools needed to do the job. Because if we don't we will be strong the VA up to fail and ultimately the veteran themselves, so only cot yes if congress appropriates fund to win this fight.
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    The bill addresses a good idea. All calls to the VA hotline should be answered promptly. It is not clear if they are being properly answered or not. Apparently the VA has no tracking system to "prove" to Congress what is going on. The bill requires the VA to implement one. However, it does not provide resources to acquire needed tracking software and for staff training. It is just another Congressional un-funded mandate. When it is funded, l'm for it; until then, I am against it.
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    Our vets answered our country's call. The VA should answer their calls!
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    It wouldn't be fair if we send our troops out to fight for us and then just abandon them when they return. If we know that the war field can cause some mental damage, then we should prepare to take care of them the way they did for us.
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    No brainer
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    The folks at the VA don't just sit there and think "oh I'll let's this one go to voicemail" a third of the time. To a large extent, though not completely, it's alack of resources. Congressmen and women on both sides claim they care about the vets but no one puts their money where their mouth is. Don't let them tell you all of the VA problems are completely internal when lawmakers don't do anything about it. Taking care of vets from before 9/11 and 15 years of continuous conflict since then doesn't take congressional criticism, it takes congressional action.
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